Librarian Phil Shore Leaves Guilford $1.7 Million for Scholarships
A scholarship allowed Marvin Shore ’24 to attend Guilford College, where he met Pansy Donnell ’26, who would become his wife.
Their son, Phillip Shore, has left more than $1.7 million to the Marvin H. and Pansy D. Shore Scholarship Fund, an existing endowment to support students seeking Quaker higher education at Guilford.
Phil, a retired Earlham College librarian, died Jan. 18 in Richmond, Ind. He was 80.
“It was a scholarship that made it possible for his father to attend college,” said Tom Hamm, executor of Phil’s will, a former colleague at Earlham and a close friend. “Since his parents made him what he was, he felt that he was repaying a debt.”
Student support is one of the key elements of the College’s Advancing Excellence campaign. The campaign has raised $54.1 million, including $13.5 million for scholarships.
“Quaker values are at the core of our identity at Guilford College,” said President Kent Chabotar. “Phil’s generosity helps ensure that a Guilford education, a learning experience infused with Quaker values, is accessible to future generations.”
After graduating from Earlham in 1954, Phil did alternative service in Central America and Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee and then earned a Master of Library Science degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. After one year on the staff of the library at Cornell University, Phil returned to Earlham as cataloguer and associate library director in 1959.
While on the Earlham faculty, Phil led off-campus study programs and was central in the creation of the college’s Wilderness Program in the early 1970s. He was among a group of faculty who spent the summer of 1962 studying in Japan under a Ford Foundation grant, laying the foundations for the college’s program in Japanese Studies.
Following his retirement in 1996, he continued to read widely and voraciously, and indulged his interest in travel by participating in several Elderhostels. He adamantly refused, however, to allow a computer into his home.
He gave generously of his time to organizations in the Richmond area, particularly Civic Theater and Habitat for Humanity. A lifelong Quaker, Phil was an active member of West Richmond Friends Meeting.
“Phil was an embodiment of George Fox’s advice to the first Quakers: ‘Let your life preach,’” said Max Carter, director of Friends Center and interim chair of religious studies at Guilford.
“Phil’s life ‘preached’ in his deep commitment to his students and his work, his passion for peace and justice, and his simplicity. He was a model Friend, and I was privileged to have known him both at Earlham and during his frequent visits back home in Carolina.”